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     The St.Thomas & District Horticultural Society has the distinction of being the oldest, continuous running society in Elgin County. The Ladies Temperance Society held the record until closing a few years back, but since 1870 we have had a horticultural society in St.Thomas and District. Like our banner states "Urbs Bella" we really do have a beautiful city, thanks in part to our active members. Our red rose symbol for our society and the City of St. Thomas is the 'Crimson Glory' an historic Hybrid Tea.

We encourage new members to join us, you can be sure of a warm welcome, no experience necessary just a love of gardening and plants. 

We meet the 4th Wednesday of the month Jan to May then September to June at 7:00 at The CASO: Canada Southern Railway Station, 750 Talbot St. W., St.Thomas, Ontario.


There are committees to join that require membership support. These include:  Seedy Saturdays, Community Gardens (CASO Station and at the St. Thomas Elevated Park), Annual Spring Plant Sale (May 12),  Flower Show-June 20th., 2018 with setup on the 19th.,  Garden Tour for June 23 of 2019, Adopt a Highway (April, October), Canadale Kids' Club (April 6-8, Nov.17,18,24,25),  Canadale Spring Garden Show (April 6-8), St. Thomas-Garden Ontario Website, Facebook, Picture Archive, Newsletter, Refreshments,  Speakers, Mini Show planning, membership, Grant Applications.
These positions are not elected positions so a nomination to join is not required. Please help out anywhere you can. Training and support is always available.  The Society is as strong as the participation of all its members. Many hands make light work!
Please note that coming as a guest to a Board meeting or sitting on a committee to see the opportunities is a good way to test the waters.  


 Student Award application must be submitted by the last Friday of April student award 17-18.pdf 



 Wednesday June 20, 2018            

 St. Thomas and District Rose and Flower Show at CASO Station

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Horton Market Plant Sale is Saturday May 12, 2018

A week or more before the sale, divide your plants with a good supply of the root system.  This will give the plants time to recover and look healthy.  Place plants in a clean pot with adequate soil.  Water!  Label clearly with the common and/or botanical name.  Indicate whether they need sun or shade.  Store plants in a cool place out of the sun.  Please avoid donating invasive plants.  A clean, potted and clearly labelled plant as well as plants in flower will sell quickly and for a better price.  Potted plants can be taken to the market after 7:00 am on May 12th.  An alternative option is to drop off potted and labelled plants at Sharon Shortt's home at 35 Mary St. E. prior to May 12th 226-377-0883 
Potting Bee
We will be having a potting bee at Jane Fish's home at  Mandeville in preparation for the Plant Sale.  The date will depend on the weather.  We are looking at Tuesday, May 1st at 25 Mandeville Road from 9:30 to 12:00.  Please dress for the weather, bring gloves, hand trowel, and clean 5 to 8 inch pots.  Interested volunteers please contact Sherry Burgess at 519-631-9135 or
2020 Sesquicentennial
In 2020, the St. Thomas & District Horticultural Society will be 150 years old.  We are looking for sesquicentennial items of interest including pictures, articles and memories for a publication.  Please pass them along to the 2020 Sesquicentennial Committee:  Richard Cartwright, Joan Jackaman, and/or Sherry Burgess
Flower Show
Pick up your flower show schedule at the April meeting.  Flower Show volunteer sign up sheets will be available at our April meeting. Please consider being a volunteer with baking items for the June 20th Flower Show.  Assistance is also needed for set up on June 19th and take down after the show.  It takes many volunteer members to have a successful Flower Show.  If everyone takes on one small job, all the work will be done.
Tree Planting Workshop
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Tree planting workshop on Saturday, April 28 at 10 AM at Lawton Park in Union.

Free saplings are available for Cental Elgin residents; they are $10 for non-residents.

Trees are limited; please RSVP to Shelly at

Brought to you by Celebrate Central Elgin.

Southwold Communties in Bloom Seminar

Date: 2018/04/26 - 7:00pm. Southwold Keystone Complex,

Frugal Flower Fun,  Controlling Invasive species, Demos and Refreshments.

Township of. Southwold; 35663 Fingal Line, Fingal, ON N0L 1K0;  


St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society


 GENERAL MEETINGS:  4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm.


CASO  Canada Southern Railway Station

750 Talbot St. St. Thomas, Ontario (behind Giant Tiger)



EXECUTIVE MEETINGS: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

 Monsignor Morrison Catholic School 

 10 South Edgeware Rd. St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2H3





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Our Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 24th.  This meeting will have Diane Vaughan as or guest speaker.  We will also have our annua

Last Updated: 2019-02-12